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Poster: snow_and_rain Date: Dec 20, 2012 8:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: who do you think Donna is singing about?

Exactly. I'm not even a religious person, but it really irks me to see people twisting the words of the bible to suit their lifestyles. Even in the previous one, note that it doesn't mention "apostles." It simply says, "those who were around him." And even if they were his apostles, he clearly is not on board with their use of weapons.

It's not enough to just read. One also must comprehend the meaning of the words.

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Poster: BornEasement Date: Dec 20, 2012 8:27am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: who do you think Donna is singing about?

The comprehension is all...

Someone wise once told me that the Bible isn't a book so much as a library. Its got poetry, history, literature, romance, lyrics, and the gospels which are sort of a genre unto themselves. Picking out bits and pieces and interpreting them "literally" (whatever that means! what sense does the "literal" content of the book of Revelations make for us, pray tell??) often means picking out the bits and pieces that suit our attitudes or beliefs and ignoring the ones that complicate them. If anyone tells you that the 'literal' text of the bible is totally and irrefutably true simply point out the fact that in one gospel Christ is crucified on a different day of the week than in the other three. They can't both be 'true' in a simplistic, literal sense.